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Old 04-11-2018, 01:24 PM
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Hi all. I'm new to the budgie scene. I have kept parrots for many years. And thought this year a I would give keeping budgies a go, maybe breed a few. Anyway I picked 2 budgies up Monday night which had been kept indoors In a small cage. Was told they were a male and female pair. Without paying too much attention I got them home and straight into a bigger cage. I loosed them out a bit later on and the yellow one just fell to the floor. It can't fly any distance at all. I also noticed one wing seems to be hanging and not tucked away like they normally are. I'm guessing maybe it's because there cage was so small that they couldn't fly around. Any ideas.? Also if someone could confirm the sex of these I would be very grateful. Many thanks adam.
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Old 04-11-2018, 03:28 PM
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I will actually be so surprised if I get this right cos I can only do adults haha but I think they're both girls! Seriously though don't take my advice
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Haha thanks your the second to say that so stands a chance lol thanks
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Old 04-11-2018, 04:01 PM
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We're its wings clipped by any chance? Mine is so she can't fly super well.
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I'm not sure. the person I had them off said she didn't know anything about them
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Old 04-11-2018, 04:38 PM
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I would take them both to the vet right away just in case anything is wrong. It's possible it's wing is broken. To tell if their wings are clipped look up a picture of a budgies wing and compare to yours. If they look very short compared to the picture, chances are they're clipped.

The way that one is holding out its wing doesn't look normal though.

Also yes they are definitely both girls : )
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Old 04-11-2018, 05:27 PM
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I agree that both budgies need to be seen by an Avian Vet. If the one budgie's wing is broken, it needs to be checked right away.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

Hopefully you have both of these birds quarantined in a different room from any other birds you have at this time.

Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

Owning budgies is different than owning bigger parrots and I certainly would not recommend even thinking about breeding until you've owned budgies for a minimum of a year and done extensive research regarding the best practices in caring for them.

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You have two beautiful girls That's great because now you don't have to worry about accidental babies! That wouldn't be good, as breeding budgie should only be undertaken after several years of research and budgie keeping.

I agree that it's not normal for them to just plummet to the ground, even budgies with clipped wings can flap a little bit. An avian vet checkup would be the best option. Please let us know how they do, and thanks for giving these sweet girls a new lease on life
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